FAIRUZ DOES MALAYSIA PROUD IN THE WORLD SERIES BY RENAULT 2009 CHAMPIONSHIP

Fairuz emerges 2nd in the Championship, the highest accolade a Malaysian has achieved in the motorsport world

Fairuz emerges 2nd in the Championship, the highest accolade a Malaysian has achieved in the motorsport world

Malaysian’ Fairuz Fauzy, driving for MOFAZ Racing, came roaring with determination to the Motorland Aragon circuit in Spain this morning to battle it out in Race 2, the final and determining race for the season, where the top 3 drivers of the championship will be crowned the best of the best.

After securing pole position yesterday, Fairuz faced several technical glitches on his car during Race 1, and was forced to concede several positions to appear 10th at one point. However, Fairuz bounced back and gave the other drivers the challenge they were waiting for, and finished 6th on Saturday. The minor setback only fuelled further drive in Fairuz, and he took the opportunity to relax and reflect last night to prepare for Sunday’s Penultimate Race, Race 2.

Starting from Pole Position in Race 2, Fairuz led the entourage of drivers for several laps, before deciding to undertake an early pitstop. Bertrand Baguette from International Draco Racing took the opportunity to gain some ground, coming fast behind Fairuz before making a very fast pitstop, which led to Fairuz having to concede his pole position to Baguette, after losing some time coming out of a chicane.

The next few laps saw Fairuz closing in at several sectors, but Baguette’s car proved to be better handling than expected, which allowed him to better his time over the last few laps. Fairuz however managed to think fast and adjusted to the challenges he faced from his own car, and took the opportunity to better his lap times in the last 4 laps. Nevertheless, Baguette managed to put some precious seconds between himself and Fairuz, and claimed the championship in Race 2. All is not lost however, as Fairuz outperformed the other contenders he had going up against him in the running for 2nd placing in the overall drivers’ championship, registering 98 championship points to emerge No. 2 in the World Series by Renault 2009 Championship.

Motorland_PCThe whole MOFAZ Racing team cheered the loudest during the podium ceremony, proudly waving the Malaysian flag. During the press conference after the podium ceremony, Fairuz was quoted as saying,”My utmost gratitude to God, for allowing me the opportunity to get this far in life, and also to my family, who have been the pillar of strength and support throughout the 20 years of challenges to get here, and also the whole MOFAZ Group for believing in me, and always being there for me through thick and thin. I dedicate this achievement to all Malaysians and to all my fans from around the world”.

MOFAZ Racing will be in Spain over the next two weeks to conduct winter testing, and also to test potential and up & coming drivers from several championships, under the strict but motivating guidance of Fairuz Fauzy.

FAIRUZ FAUZY FLIES TO POLE POSITION IN SPAIN!

Motorland_QualifyingThe gloomy weather over the past few days brought out forecasts of rain throughout the whole weekend in usually-sunny Spain, but the sun finally came out to play this glorious Saturday morning, shining its beautiful rays down on the beautiful brand new track of Motorland Aragon, where the Final Round of the World Series by Renault 2009 will take place over the weekend.

MOFAZ Racing’s Fairuz Fauzy begun his birthday celebrations on a great note today by claiming pole position; the last for this season, and a first for him. Still on course for second place in the championship, the Malaysian driver leads Epsilon Euskadi’s Chris Van der Drift and Comtec Racing’s Jon Lancaster. In order to really celebrate, Fauzy will be dreaming of a win this weekend.

When interviewed after the qualifying and the SuperPole sessions, Fairuz was quoted as saying,”This is a truly blessed and joyous celebration. Gaining pole position is the best birthday present I could get for myself, but I couldn’t have done it without the support and great form that my whole team has displayed not only since we got here, but throughout the whole season. We’re looking forward and striving diligently to finish second in the championship, and to do just that, we’re focusing on podium finishes throughout the weekend, in particular a win on Sunday!”

During the Group A qualifying sessions in the morning, Fairuz saw Bertrand Baguette taking control from the start. However, James Walker managed to up his ante and bested Baguette’s time to take the lead away, and emerged the fastest during the session. Fairuz paced himself to make his tyres last longer and recorded an overall commendable time at the end of the session, a fraction of a second behind Walker, to also qualify for Superpole.

Twelve drivers battled it out over 15 blazingly hot minutes during the Superpole. Marcos Martinez set the first provisional pole, before being ousted by Baguette. Jaime Alguersuari then claimed the lead position by recording a lap time of 1’44”314, but was disappointed by Fairuz who went on to set the circuit’s best lap with a time of 1’44”070.

Stay tuned for further updates on Fairuz’s quest to claim glory this weekend at Motorland Aragon, with a live telecast of Race 1 broadcasted out via Eurosport (Astro Channel 814) at 2100hrs Malaysian time. Race 2 of the World Series by Renault Finale at Motorland Aragon will be broadcasted recorded via Eurosport on Monday, 26th October 2009 at 10.30 a.m. Here’s wishing all Malaysians, especially motorsport fans, a great weekend ahead from MOFAZ Racing in Spain!

FAST FAIRUZ OUT TO CONQUER SPAIN!

MOFAZ_08MOFAZ Racing (formerly known as MOFAZFortec Motorsport) embarks on a new circuit this weekend, the Motorland Aragon in Alcaniz, Spain, at the final race meeting for the World Series by Renault 2009 Championship. It will be the first time out on the brand new track for all the drivers competing in the championship, but the fact does not perturb the dynamic duo of Fairuz Fauzy and Sten Pentus, who have just completed the collective tests for the race weekend as this release goes out to the presses. MOFAZ Racing is currently 5th in the running for the Team Title Championship, while Fairuz Fauzy looks set to give his compatriots a tough battle out on the tracks as he looks ahead at the top 3 positions in the Drivers Championship.

This weekend also marks the international inauguration of the Motorland Aragon Circuit, and the Circuit’s management has promised a fun-filled weekend, and indeed a special surprise at the final dinner (a world –renowned Spanish singer!). Designed by F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa and famous German designer Hermann Tilke, the circuit poses the biggest and most technical challenge for all the drivers out on the Formula 3.5 grid this weekend. 7.6 gruelling kilometres per lap, 18 intriguing corners with one posing a 180˚ angle turn, this high speed circuit also boasts a height difference of 50 metres between its highest and lowest points.

MOFAZ_05The Final Round of the World Series by Renault 2009 will see a clash of the titans, as the honorary title of runner-up is equally hotly contested. With mere points separating the top 5 drivers, Fairuz Fauzy, Charles Pic, Brendon Hartley, James Walker, Jaime Alguersuari, Oliver Turvey and Marcos Martinez seems ideally placed to claim second-place.

The last two races of the season will see all the drivers battling it out, followed by the official World Series by Renault prize-giving ceremony. The teams however will remain at the circuit for three days of collective testing from October 27-29, 2009. In addition to the stars of the various Formula Renault 2.0 championships invited by Renault Sport Technologies to discover Formula Renault 3.5, the teams will be able to test their new drivers for the 2010 season, and MOFAZ Racing looks set to shine further next year in 2010 with some exciting development underway that will be announced in due time. Stay tuned!

FANTASTIC FAIRUZ SECURES DOUBLE PODIUM AT NURBURGRING

Malaysia’s F1 Aspirant Stuns Competitors by Achieving Success in both Races over the weekend

podium-race-1-1-1024x680Nurburgring, Germany: The MOFAZFortec Motorsport Team’s did not let the bleak and cold weather in Nurburgring hamper their tremendous spirit over the weekend, as they soldier on to compete in Round 8 of the World Series by Renault Formula 3.5 faced with the challenge posed by the technicalities of the historical circuit which has seen many F1 races triumphantly held over the years.

The weekend begun with the Qualifying sessions, which saw the team’s Malaysian driver, Fairuz Fauzy blazing the track in Group A, taking the top spot with a lap of 1’ 45” 598, battling it out head to head with championship leader, Bertrand Baguette from International Draco Racing and regular contender Comtec Racing’s Jon Lancaster. Both Fairuz and his teammate, Sten Pentus, showed their best performance and qualified for the SuperPole line up.

The Superpole session saw Fairuz giving Charles Pic, Brendon Hartley and Oliver Turvey a run for their money, but luck sided with Hartley who claimed his first pole position in the championship.

Race 1 saw Fairuz Fauzy using his radical skills to pressure the other drivers in front of him whilst maintaining his tyres to last the whole session consistently. Starting from 5th position based on the reverse-grid procedure, Fairuz strategised by sticking close to the pole leaders bumper to bumper for the first 5 laps without making any sudden moves.

However, by lap 9, Fairuz cunningly overtook Jaime Alguersuari, who is also currently driving for the Formula 1 Team Toro Rosso, and in turn, took the opportunity to sprint pass Oliver Turvey, while putting more pressure on Daniil Move and Jon Lancaster in front of him.

On lap 17, Fairuz drove brilliantly and snatched third position from Daniil Move. In the end, Jon Lancaster also succumbed to the pressure, and Fairuz went all out to claim second place. Fairuz was quoted as saying that though the month and a-half break the drivers had after Portimao certainly made most of them rusty in many ways, he managed to make a good comeback after being forced down to 9th position at one point.

Sunday saw all the drivers raring to go and all revved up to undertake the gruelling task ahead of them, with 44 minutes plus 1 lap of adrenaline-filled racing waiting. Fairuz was the first to enter the pit for his mandatory stop, taking advantage of fresh tyres earlier on in the race to better manage tyre longevity and performance as a defensive strategy undertaken by the MOFAZFortec Motorsport Team.

Lap after lap of battling it out and bearing constant pressure on other contenders paid off for Fairuz, when in the last laps he secured third position and held on to it fiercely to end with a double podium finish for the weekend.

When interviewed, Fairuz was quoted as saying,”Alhamdulillah, I am thankful for the blessings that the team and I have received on this glorious day of Aidilfitri. I must say that having such a strong support network, especially with AirAsia coming on board as our official airline, has helped boost the overall confidence and motivation for every member of the team”.

It was definitely a rewarding week for the MOFAZFortec Motorsport Team, who rallied through a successful campaign through the 3 gruelling days, and indeed a challenging week as well for Fairuz Fauzy, what with all the rampant rumours spreading around on the internet promulgating his candidacy for Formula 1 for the 2010 season, and giving his all to achieve another global victory for Malaysia.

Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport will be back in action on the 23rd – 25th of October 2009, when they battle it out to secure the top 3 positions within the World Series by Renault 2009 Finals at Motorland Aragon, Spain.

With the great performance in Nurburgring, MOFAZFortec is now 5th in the overall team championship, and Fairuz Fauzy has also claimed 5th overall in the drivers’ championship.

AIRASIA PARTNERS TEAM MOFAZFORTEC MOTORSPORT

Dynamic partnership set to conquer tracks of Europe!

Dynamic partnership set to conquer tracks of Europe!

SEPANG, 3 SEPTEMBER 2009 – AirAsia and Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport sealed a partnership agreement today, with the prolific venture set to burn the tracks of Europe. The world’s best low cost carrier will be supporting the racing team’s quest to dominate the World Series by Renault Formula 3.5 Championship.

Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport is a Malaysian racing team and an emerging force in the European racing arena. The team’s driver, Fairuz Fauzy, achieved a maiden podium victory at Hungary’s Hungaroring circuit in June this year and second place at UK’s Silverstone circuit in July.

The Team’s other driver is Estonian’ Sten Pentus, who scored his first podium finish at the Circuit De Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

The team has won the hearts of motorsport fans with their determination off the track, and surprising competitors with their prowess on the track.

AirAsia Group CEO Dato’ Sri Tony Fernandes said, “We are proud to be in this dynamic partnership and we wish all the best to Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport in their racing endeavours. We would like to congratulate the drivers for their fine achievements, especially to Fairuz Fauzy for his excellent PODIUM win in Hungary. Motorsport involves a lot of determination, courage, technological precision, competence and outstanding teamwork to ensure success. The qualities needed are the same ones that have made AirAsia the World’s Best Low-Cost Carrier in just 7 short years.”

AirAsia was chosen the “World’s Best Low-Cost Carrier” by a majority of more than 16 million airline passengers in a survey conducted by the London-based and leading aviation consultancy SkyTrax.

Fernandes also emphasised that AirAsia’s sponsorship and support for MOFAZFortec Motorsport was another demonstration of AirAsia’s commitment to boosting Malaysian sports and burnishing “Brand Malaysia” across the globe. “We care deeply about the state of Malaysian sports, and sponsoring MOFAZFortec provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate our support for Malaysians and Malaysian teams that excel globally, competing against the best,” he said.

Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport is currently placed fifth in the World Series by Renault Formula 3.5 2009, despite it being its first year in such a global championship. The team managed to defy all odds to constantly produce amazing results at each and every race.

This collaboration will help AirAsia promote Malaysia and ASEAN to the European market and beyond. It seeks to attract travellers from Europe to experience the wonders of Malaysia and an array of exotic ASEAN destinations, all within reach thanks to AirAsia’s low fares, unparalled connectivity of routes and frequency of flights.

“Our relationship and association with AirAsia is truly timely, what with the stakes being raised higher for all teams in the World Series by Renault with only 2 race meetings left in the season”, said Haji Fauzy, the Team Principal of MOFAZFortec Motorsport. “Both organisations have shown that through hard work and diligence, any obstacles could be overcome, and thus, the beginning of this strong and driven alliance between the two globally-forward enterprises will help fortify brand MALAYSIA across the globe, and also provide the opportunities for our fans throughout the world to know how united we are under the banner of One Malaysia”.

The World Series by Renault Formula 3.5 has marked itself as one of the primary routes to Formula 1, with Robert Kubica, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Jamie Alguersuari amongst its recent graduates. The new Formula Renault 3.5 machines incorporate the latest aerodynamic technology which appears on Formula 1 cars in recent years, and is equipped with a 3.5 litre V6 engine peaking at 500 bhp utilising ‘flexfuel’ technology. Renault has put into implementation the technological advancement that it has garnered over the years through its involvement in Formula 1 to allow competitors in the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 to be prepared for the highest level of motorsports, whereby several similarities are put in place in the cars to help drivers familiarise themselves with the rigors and challenges demanded out of a Formula 1 driver.

FAIRUZ FAUZY UPS THE ANTE!

As predicted, lap-times during free practice at Portimao saw a marked improvement. MOFAZFortec Motorsport’s Fairuz Fauzy set the best time ahead of Comtec Racing’s Jon Lancaster and Carlin Motorsport’s Oliver Turvey. With fifteen cars within a second of each other, qualifying looks set to be wide open.

The weather was hot at Portimao and it looks like it will remain the same throughout the weekend. Prior to the qualifying session programmed for the end of the day, the Formula Renault 3.5 Series drivers took part in a one-hour free practice session. There were no preliminaries this Friday morning, as from the word go International Draco Racing’s Bertrand Baguette positioned himself at the top of the time-sheet with a lap time close to that set by P1 Motorsport’s James Walker the previous day.

But it was Epsilon Euskadi’s Dani Clos who was the first to beat Walker’s time. With a lap of 1’34”171, the Spaniard took the lead over the rest of the pack. P1 Motorsport’s Daniil Move did almost as well, taking second place just two hundredths behind the leader. But Baguette was on form this morning and, with a time of 1’34”089, regained his lead.
The mid-session saw a second wave of improvements. Clos was the first of the drivers to lap in less than 1’34. Credited with a time of 1’33″736 he led, for the time being at least, Oliver Turvey, Fairuz Fauzy, Bertrand Baguette and Daniil Move. Then it was the turn of International Draco Racing’s Marco Barba to shine, leading the charge with a time of 1’33’337. Fairuz however raised the stakes by climbing to second-place ahead of Clos, Sten Pentus and Comtec Racing’s Alberto Valerio.
In the closing minutes, new tyres went on allowing KMP Group/SG Formula’s Guillaume Moreau to set the second fastest lap. In time, he was relegated to fourth place when RC Motosport’s Pasqual DiSabatino set another fastest lap in 1’33”003 while Prema Powerteam’s Filipe Salaquarda squeezed into third.

Lapping in 1’32”662, Oliver Turvey took his turn to lead the dance, but only briefly as Jon Lancaster bettered his time in 1’32″635. Nevertheless, Fairuz went on a final run of flying laps, recording times of 1’32”600, then 1’32”166, and ultimately had the final say. At the end of the morning, he led the field ahead of Lancaster, Turvey, Walker and Baguette.

Fairuz Fauzy was quoted as saying: “The session went really well. We’ve held the top of the timesheets for a few races now. This championship is very close and with a good weekend we could catch up the three leaders. For my money, this and Spa-Francorchamps are the two finest circuits in Europe. There are rises, descents, blind bends, it’s terrific! We’ve got two races to drive on Saturday in intense heat. It’ll be a good test of our physical endurance.”

Fairuz Fauzy Challenged At Le Mans Circuit

lr_03109805_095_FAUZYAfter securing podium finishes at Hungaroring and Silverstone over the past month, Fairuz Fauzy gave an all-out performance at Le Mans during the practice sessions of the World Series by Renault Formula 3.5 on Friday, as well as, acclimatizing himself to track and weather conditions. Currently in 6th position overall within the drivers’ standings, the Malaysian driver for Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport posted the 3rd fastest time for the morning practice session in dry conditions with a time of 1 minute 27.808 seconds, merely 0.188 seconds behind the session leader from Comtec Racing, Jon Lancaster.

Following heavy rain which disrupted the afternoon session and leaving many drivers not posting good race times, Fairuz posted the 2nd fastest lap a fraction behind Oliver Turvey. Though hampered by wet track conditions, Fairuz was able to gain some useful race distance data, as well as, ascertain challenges posed by conditions of the track.

On Saturday morning, during Qualifying Session 1 and SuperPole, Fairuz Fauzy started very strong to register pole for almost throughout the Q1 session. However, due to misjudgement on the team’s strategy, Fairuz dropped seven positions down in the last lap of Q1. As a result of the disastrous morning, Fairuz was out of the first 6 position to qualify to be in SuperPole, which led him to start 15th on the grid for Race 1. Sten Pentus achieved a remarkable result to finish second in Q1 to make it through to SuperPole, which consisted of only the top 12 drivers, eventually registering 9th on the grid for Race 1.

For the record, all teams must conform to the same technical and performance specifications for their cars, to allow for a level and fair playing field for all drivers. Thus, the drivers are pitted against each other based on their skills, which drives and motivates them to put their skills to the test on the track.

After experiencing unforgiving track and weather conditions for 30 laps, Fairuz clawed and outwitted other opponents with a best lap time of 1 min 28.008, at 171 km/h. After 2 laps, he was pushed down to position 17, and extraordinarily made his way up to beat 10 other drivers to finish at 7th position overall. It is indeed no mean feat, in a race that saw Fairuz beating James Walker, currently 2nd in drivers’ standings.

The race officials also decided to award Fairuz with 1 bonus point for being the most outstanding driver for the race, as well as, greatest number of overtaking in a race, after several drivers ahead of Fairuz succumbed to his determination, focus and psychological advantage. Fairuz would have fared better if he had not had to contend with the three-man dogfight in front of him that involved Charles Pic, Jon Lancaster and Edoardo Mortara. In the end, Fairuz proved to be too tough for Lancaster and Mortara, who both had to concede to him, with Mortara eventually unable to complete the race. At this point, Fairuz further secures 6th position in the drivers’ standings, with a total of 5 points acquired during Race 1.

Sten Pentus on the other hand was dealt a severe blow, after relentlessly being blocked by drivers ahead of him throughout the whole race. Though he gave his best on the track, luck was not on his side, only managing to secure 14th position overall after Race 1.

Sunday afternoon saw Fairuz starting at position 9 on the grid for Race 2 at the renowned Bugatti circuit at Le Mans, while Sten begun the race from 15th position. The harrowing 31 laps saw Fairuz having to concede to position 14 after lap 7, but strongly soldiered forward to 6th position by lap 18. The mandatory pitstop enforced on all teams did not hamper Fairuz’s spirits, and he managed to maintain this position for the next 10 laps. Fairuz overtook James Walker at lap 28, before finding himself in fierce competition with Jon Lancaster, who started at pole position for Race 2. Fairuz took the British driver by surprise by powering his car to overtake Lancaster at lap 30, triumphantly emerging 4th overall, narrowly missing a podium finish by a couple of seconds.

Sten Pentus on the other hand had to concur with the intense competition surrounding him throughout the race, and emerged 2 notches further during Race 2 to finish at 13th position overall as a result. Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport also managed to close the gap between itself and Pons Racing in the team standings by gaining 12 race points throughout the weekend, which secures the young team at 5th position overall in the team championship and only 1 point apart from its nearest competitor. On top of that, Fairuz has moved up a notch on the drivers’ standings as a result of his determination, to secure 5th position overall within the championship to date. With three more major races left in the championship, Fairuz and Sten are looking forward to take more opportunities to better their times and performance in their quest to triumph in World Series by Renault Formula 3.5.

Eurosport aired recorded sessions of the Le Mans race over the weekend on Astro Channel 814, with race 1 being aired on Saturday evening at 11.30 pm, with a repeat on Sunday at 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Race 2 was aired on Sunday at 11.45 pm. Team MOFAZFortec Motorsport is now more than determined to close the gap in team standings, and looking forward to the next leg of the World Series by Renault Formula 3.5, which would take place at Portimao, on the southern coast of Portugal on 1st – 2nd of August 2009.

Visit http://www.fairuzfauzy.com and http://www.mofazfortec.com to get more details of our racing calendar, as well as, Eurosport’s World Series by Renault airing times for the coming races.